Building a Stronger Sydney Burner Community

by Jarred Taylor (Jayman)

Sydney Burners

Community Design event: Sydney Burners Inc.

The Sydney Burner community continues to evolve with phenomenal support and growth over recent years.

We had our biggest year ever in 2015 with Theme Camp fundraisers, crowd funding campaigns, civic activation and regular events, in particular the fabulous local crews running regular beach and park sessions.

Now, following a lead from our Melbourne Burner crew who established their own incorporated entity in 2015, Melburners Inc., the Sydney Burner community is working towards creating a new membership-based not-for-profit legal entity. In November last year we held a Community Design Session which helped to kickstart the conversation about setting up the entity – check out the presentation from that session.

You can get involved in Sydney Burners Inc. in four main ways:

Why create a legal entity for the Sydney Burning Man community?

  • Enable us to enter into contracts (e.g. property leases for an event space / maker space / art space / club house)
  • Promote and support creating more art and large art for local and regional events
  • Obtain relevant insurances for events and other needs without the liability falling on named individuals
  • Limits liability to individuals and members
  • Further support community projects (e.g. Beneficent Burners)
  • Operate more (and bigger!) events and fund raising
  • Develop vision and leadership
  • Encourage personal growth and professional self-development opportunities (e.g. Committee member, Project leads)
  • Opens options for local licences and permits (e.g. Liquor Licence)
  • Continued financial transparency and regulation by NSW Department of Fair Trading.

Currently there are a range of roles available for interested crew including website content management, member administration, board administration, legal and finance.

To find out more and to find out how you can get involved, visit the new website.


Our theme design is here — congrats to all

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]M[/bra_dropcaps]eet the face of our Revolutionary theme this year. Madeline Snow’s design was chosen from four other designs that were submitted as part of our Community Design Labs. It will grace the cover of our guides, Facebook pages, wristbands, stickers and other design collateral.

At a Burn, what you see is what you make and we’ve developed the Community Design Labs as a way to tap into the talents of our creative community melting pot. The theme itself — Revolution — was also selected from a pooling of community ideas and a shortlisting through one of our Seedtech tools – Town Hall Social. To see what else is created via this portal, check out the page here.

Thanks to all those who shared their Revolutionary ideas. You can have a look at them here and we’ll also have them on display at Centre Camp during the event.

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[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]urning Seed’s very own Rangers Team Lead Bear made his mark (er, lolz because his real name is Mark) on Canberra’s Art, Not Apart Festival in March with a massive climbable sculpture — KAOTIKA — built with six tonnes of railway sleepers.

When he’s not being awesome at Seed, Bear is a Canberra-based geographer, carpenter and artist. His agent says he is “most comfortable working with his hands and body to create physical objects he can touch, feel, navigate through or around, manipulate and otherwise interact with”. Respeck for that agent.

Check out his monolithic timber sculpture made from railroad sleepers and towering four metres above the Nishi Gallery in the John Avery Gardens.

We love you Bear and we’re proud of you!

Keep an eye on the Canberra Burners for other creative endeavours coming to Seed.

Do you wanna be like Bear? Or nothing like him? You can do both by getting your own creative arty juices flowing our way and soaking us with your talent via Artery or with a Theme Camp!

Applications have just opened for both Theme Camp rego and art grants. 


X marks the MOOP spot

MOOP Daddy has put YOU on the map!

Yup, this year our crack team of super MOOP troupers and their whose-your-daddy Team Lead, Maddock, have scoured the frontiers of our Paddock pleasure palace, looking for and mapping our MOOP. And there are a few surprises in store.

For those still wondering what this cow-sounding acronym is about, MOOP stands for Matter Out of Place aka your crap/rubbish/things that weren’t there to begin with and should definitely not be left behind when you go. This is all part of Burning Seed’s Leave No Trace principle.

To see the colour of your camp, click on the MOOP map below to zoom in. To see a ‘sticky-notes’ version with more info, download the MOOP map, open it in Adobe or preview and double click on the post-its. There is also a more detailed spreadsheet here for each Theme Camp.

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This is what MOOP Daddy had to report for the overall site:

“For the number of people we had this year I was actually pretty impressed. The places where we found stuff in concentration were just pockets, usually in casual camping areas.

Theme camps generally did extremely well, given the amount of traffic they had. The area of casual camping to the west of the main site was sparsely scattered with miscellaneous tiny things – glitter, tent pegs, those stick-on bindi rhinestone things were *everywhere*, and the usual bottle caps, water container seals and can stubs.

The area of woods to the south was peppered with baby wipes; the woods to the north were reportedly a hotbed of steaming turds; and quiet(er) camping to the east was garnished with small slices of try-harder. All in all, a pretty good job from this year’s Burner tribe, and I came away happy even though we have LOTS of things to bring up before next year’s Burn!”

And with 626 cigarette butts found littered across the site, there’s no butts about  – there’s definitely more work to be done there!

This was the MOOP map’s first year, and it has focused primarily on raising awareness. However, there will be further discussion about what should happen with this information and the consequences of a red or yellow grading.

What do you think should happen?






Living the theme

It’s almost official. This year’s Burning Seed is set to be one of the greatest Burns in the history of burning ever in the world ever. Our community has gone doolally crazy gangbusters in terms of participation this year, with around 50 (yes fiddy, half-a-ton, 49+1) Theme Camps set to facilitate our playtime on the Paddock.

And while we love us some Sound Camp, we LOVE that you guys are flexing other Theme Camp muscles by creating more healing, theatrical, chill, food and art spaces. Here’s a few tasty teasers to tickle your ‘tashes and tushes:[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

Star Shitty

Brazenly billed as James Packer’s worst nightmare brought to life, Star Shitty is keeping a tight wrap on the details of what to expect when it lands for the first time at Seed this year.

Safe to say that this cocky crew of crappy croupiers are likely to bring the tone at Seed down to new and unimainable lows with rumours of human pokies, awkward magicians, filthy bingo, and an all-too-literal space for VIP high-rollers.

This chintzy nightmare has been wrenched from the bowels of the imagination of the MWA, a Sydney-based arts/events crew that embody the principle of participation and community. Are you prepared to gamble your clothes, your dance moves or your dignity? Hop aboard the Star Shitty courtesy bus. It would be rude not to.

Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena

Looking for the best place to find your feet at Seed? Well, this is it. The Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena promises an all-in wild ride of roller skating goodness and it’s literally the most authentic way of achieving your balance at Red Earth City this year.

You’ll be coxed and coaxed by the one and only Tambalamslam, an internationally renowned all-star roller from the Victorian Roller Derby League. Step back from the brink, take it to the rink and lose yourself in the beautiful mayhem of the Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena. Go on! Get your skates on!

The Soupery

These superheroes of soup will be dishing up cupfuls of comfort and nourishment for the Red Earth City community this year (Bring Your Own Cup!). Veteran burners, the Soupery crew will be ladling their lovely selection of liquids from around noon each day, together with bread made on-site and more. The crew saw an opportunity last year to take their love of gifting to the next level with a dedicated Theme Camp at this year’s Seed.

There’ll be flavours to suit every palate, a solar-powered/trike-powered sound system with a vinyl-only set, and in the spirit of participation and self-reliance the Soupery will love you even more if you want to get involved and make a contribution. Are we there yet?

What’s your fave Theme Camp this year? Want to know more? Check out the What Where When for another sneak peek at what’s in store at Burning Seed.


Dress to express

It’s a fact: we love costumes! You don’t need an excuse to dress up (or down) at Burning Seed, but if you’re seeking inspiration or want to be sure to be dressed the part, here’s a run down of all the events registered for What Where When 2014 that have specified a dress theme. And…go! 


ALL DAY || Tutu Tuesday on Thursday
A day to celebrate the divine tutu. Wear your tutu proudly everywhere all day…all week even!Paul

13:00 || Vogue-a-thon – ‘Having it, giving it, working it @ SHIT HOT; BURN AND TURN
A workshop to free your inner FABULOUS. No one is sexier, fiercer or fresher than YOU, so bring your killer poses, over-the-top confidence and above all ATTITUDE. On this catwalk anything goes.

14 – 15:45 || Meet the Minters @ MINT COUNTRY CLUB
Pop in for a GIN. Practice your swing, get friendly with the clubhouse courses, tables and the Minters! Wear Green, be seen.

14:00 for departure 14:15 || The Tutu Tuesday on Thursday Grand Parade >>> MEET AT CENTRE CAMP
The grandest parade of tutus ever. We’ll gather at Centre Camp and then parade the paddock to crash whatever is going on!

SUNSET || Urban Turban @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Join us for our signature brand of low-slung beats, sumptuous decor, dazzling lights, and a fully stocked donations bar. BYOC, dress in your finest turban/headpiece, and let us spoil your ears, eyes and hearts!

19:30 – LATE || Kaftanopia @ CBI
Indulge in the most fashion-forward event of Burning Seed 2014. Funky Middle Eastern musik and men in dresses. Dress code: strictly kaftan. Underwear: optional.

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12:00 – LATE || The Dragon Ball @ BETA STAGE – BURNING DRAGON
Presenting our Dragon Masquerade Ball. Bring out all your comical, crazy and exotic masks and outfits! For it will be a ball of extraordinary extravagance.

14 – 16:00 || Human Chess @ TRASH MANSION
The subjects of the Kingdom of Seed will battle it out on a checkered board, armed with foam swords. The chess pieces will all be human: YOU!

HeART Tribe presents FRIDAY FLURO & FOREST FIESTA! Cocktails, raw treats, sexy peeps and costume defeats. Wear your fluros, black light attire and get painted!

17 – 00:00 || The Wedding of Nancy Xi & Peter Piro @ CENTRE CAMP
Come join Piraninia’s finest and celebrate the Seed wedding of a lifetime!  The dress theme is traditional Chinese. The party will have great music, lighting, entertainment, drinks and more!

SUNSET || Capes and Corsets @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Join us for our signature brand of low-slung beats, sumptuous decor, dazzling lights, and a fully stocked donations bar. BYOC, dress in your finest corset and cape, and let us spoil your ears, eyes and hearts!

20:00 – || Dragon Burn >>> MEET AT KIDS CAMP
Meet then head up to the Dragon Burn performance. Wear your best animal onesie or forest folk costume and participate in the show.

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12 – 18:00 || Classic Sports Day @ MINT COUNTRY CLUB
An afternoon of raucous racquets, pumping clubhouse tunes. Live Performances uniting three global DJs: Simon Slieker, Halo,


SUNSET || The B Party @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Babylon brings the heat with some serious tunes from local and international heroes. BYOC, dress in your finest B costume, and let us spoil your… you know the drill!

SUNDAY (5 Oct)

13:00 || The Walk Off – Come and Strut Your Stuff @ SHIT HOT; BURN AND TURN
After a week of expressing yourself on our catwalk, let’s see who’s hot to trot. Wear your most impressive outfit, or pick up something from the change-room. Everyone will get the opportunity to be fabulous! At the end there will be a prize for the best burn and turn.

SUNSET || Onesie Sunday @ BEAN BAG BABYLON [R] Join us for our signature brand of low-slung beats, sumptuous decor, dazzling lights, and a fully stocked donations bar. BYO Cup, dress in your finest onesie, and let us spoil your ears, eyes and hearts!

For more event inspiration from your WWWhopper guide, download it here.